A stress echo is a three part test consisting of a resting echo, walking on the treadmill, and a stress (or exercise) echo imaging. Once a resting echo is performed, an EKG monitor will be applied to your chest and you will be asked to walk on the treadmill in order to increase your heart rate to a certain level. Once this heart rate is achieved you will be asked to quickly return to the echo table and an additional echo will be obtained with your heart rate elevated. Your doctor will then compare the images of your resting heart to those of your exercising (or "stressed") heart. If for any reason you are unable to walk on the treadmill, your doctor may suggest that you have an IV inserted and a medication administered that will increase your heart rate. This highly informative test may take up to one to one and a half hours to complete.
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